The 49ers and tight end Garrett Celek are reportedly close to a multi-year contract extension.
Celek appears likely to avoid unrestricted free agency with a new deal from the 49ers, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported on Wednesday.
Celek, who signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Michigan State in 2012, emerged last season as one of the 49ers’ top tight ends.
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He caught 19 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games with eight starts. The 49ers placed him on injured reserve on Dec. 8 with a high-ankle sprain. He turns 28 in May.
Celek’s brother, Brent, is a nine-year NFL veteran who has played his entire career with the Philadelphia Eagles. In three seasons with Chip Kelly as his coach, Brent Celek caught 32 passes for 502 yards and six touchdowns in 2013, 32 for 340 yards and one touchdown in 2014, and 27 for 398 and three scores last season.